Local cricketer Lucy Hamilton has been signed by the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) at just 16 years old.
The all-rounder has had a big year of success, having made her debut for the Queensland Fire Open Women’s Cricket team in March this year.
Today, Brisbane Heat announced Lucy as their Local Replacement Player on social media.
Lucy’s dad Stephen Hamilton said the family were extremely proud of all she had achieved.
“Lucy is very excited,” he said.
“It has been a big few weeks as we have known for a little while.
“It has always been a dream of hers to play in the WBBL and it has definitely come a couple of years earlier than expected.”
Stephen said Lucy’s adaptability and maturity towards the sport had been a standout while she had been competing in the Women’s National Cricket League with the Queensland Fire.
“She works extremely hard in relation to all her commitments but so far this year she has also represented the Queensland Fire in the Senior Women’s National Competition,” he said.
“How she has handled herself, during training and games so far and also weekends away and pre-season tournaments, we are very proud of her.
“She has adapted to cricket life in the WNCL and with her maturity and adaptability they are confident she can perform and handle herself in the games but also being away for the six-week period.”
Lucy’s Queensland Fire selection
Lucy's sporting achievement is a proud moment for those who know her, including her family, coaches, teachers and students at Shalom College who have watched her skills develop over the years.
When selected for Queensland Fire earlier this year, sport coordinator at the school Simon Gills said Lucy was identified as a promising athlete across several sports at a young age.
“Lucy made several Wide Bay primary school sports teams, obviously cricket being one of those, but she also had a bright future in football and touch football,” he said.
“When Lucy started at Shalom, we knew of her sporting talent and I personally knew the cricketing potential she had to offer.”
Simon said the talented sports star became part of the Wide Bay and Qld Schools Cricket representative system and Wide Bay and Qld Club Cricket representative pathway.
He said the Shalom High Performance Program also helped Lucy through the management of her elite sporting workload with her academic and schooling life.
“Shalom could not be prouder of what Lucy has achieved at such a young age,” Simon said.
“To be the second youngest debutant ever for Qld in the WNCL, at only 15, is a remarkable achievement.
“Lucy, like all Shalom students, work extremely hard to achieve their goals.
“A huge future awaits Lucy in the world of cricket!”
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